Visit the most beautiful city in Poland, former capital, medieval centre of merchandising.Over the centuries, many important architects came to work here, among them Veit Stoss From Germany, Bartolomeo Berrecci and Giovanni Maria Padovano from Italy, and Tylman van Gameren from Holland. Cracow has been spared major destruction, so it preserves the largest assemblage of historic buildings in Poland. Krakow was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596. In 1978, Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of Kraków, was elevated to the papacy as Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first ever Slavic pope.
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